Mental Health Awareness week was 14th -20th May 2018

Mental Health Awareness week was 14th -20th May 2018. The focus this year was ‘address the stress’. What did you do? Leave a comment below and tell us why.

Mental Health Awareness Week #addressthestress 

Work can be a big worry for a lot of people. Worrying about things too much can lead you to the point where you feel stressed. Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe space for employees to succeed and reduce any pressure on employees that can affect their mental wellbeing. This year the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is to address the stress.

Mental Health Awareness Week is just one week. However, it should be all year round. What do you do throughout the year to address the stress, particularly at work?

Finding: 12.5 million days lost to stress caused by, stress, depression or anxiety in 2017 (MHFA England).  

The theme for this year’s awareness week is #addressyourstress. At some point we have probably said “I feel stressed” but what does this really mean for our mental health, especially at work?

Stress is the brains response when it senses danger, which we all need. However, too much is problematic. There is a stigma at work where people may be treat colleague differently because they know that they have mental health problems.

Unfortunately, there is still a high stigma associated with mental health in the workplace, despite there being a number of high reaching campaigns.

Book your place: Mental Health At Work Workshops

The discussion of mental health in the workplace, can come with a lot of shame. This is, particularly the case in male-dominated sectors. Recently, the construction firm Wilmott Dixon made a commitment to training a fifth of its workforce in Mental Health First Aid. The purpose of training their staff in mental health first aid is to raise awareness of mental health in the construction industry. The construction industry has very high rates of mental health problems that lead to suicide.

If you need support to address the stress at work or you know someone who is, we suggest approaching the person that is exhibiting signs of mental health and listening and communicating non-judgementally. Listening non-judgmentally means absorbing the person’s situation and not trying to offer them your opinion. However, do offer them support and information on where they can get help. Also, encourage the person to get appropriate professional help and encourage other support.

At My Life is My Business, we provide a series of open courses that you can book on to. We also deliver in-house courses to organisations, which you can find more information here. We want to help reduce the stigmas of mental health at work and to train staff members how to recognise the signs that a work colleague may need support, such as emotional, behavioural or physical signs of stress.

Find out more about the courses and workshops and how you can address the stress at work.  Also, read the review of one of our course attendees, which is on our previous blog.

Book your place here or you can contact us to find out more information.

Does your workplace have a strategy to address the stress and deliver mental health first aid? Tell us about it in the comments below.

Related: Willmott Dixon’s MHFA programme in the news

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